Remotely Control Word, Excel & PowerPoint From Windows Phone With MS Office Remote

Microsoft Office has been the productivity suite of choice for many over decades, and is still going strong among its fans and those simply stuck with it alike, especially in the corporate sector. One major use of the suite is for presentations, but it isn’t always too convenient to manage the slides through the PC itself while giving a presentation. There are many tools out there to remotely control your presentations, both in form of dedicated hardware as well as apps for popular mobile platforms out there. If you are using  a Winodws Phone device, you no longer have to rely on any third-party tools for the purpose, as Microsoft has just released an official Office Remote app for Windows Phone that lets you remotely control Word, Excel and PowerPoint right from your phone. Read More

MacroDroid Is An Impressively Powerful Task Automation App For Android

One huge benefit of using an Android device is the ability to automate several everyday actions on it with apps like Tasker, Condi, RepetiTouch, Profile Flow and many others. The open nature of the OS makes it an excellent platform for automating pretty much anything that can be done on the device. Tasker may be the most famous name in this genre, but it doesn’t come cheap, and isn’t exactly all that beginner-friendly. If you are looking for a great alternative, your search just might end at MacroDroid. As the name suggests, the app lets users create macros that can be executed automatically based on some preset conditions, or manually using certain types of triggers. The actions that you can automate using this app can range from turning off unneeded radios during the night to save power, responding to specific text received in SMS with the device’s current location, and many, many more. What makes it even more useful is its several preconfigured macro templates that come with the app and can be used right away. Read More

Re-Assign Hardware Keys, Enable Global Rotation & More On Android With Xposed Additions

There were times when adding any really advanced features to even a rooted Android device required flashing a custom ROM. For those who wanted to stay on the stock ROM, the options narrowed down to flashing certain mods that enhanced its features, but such mods were generally specific to that particular version of the stock ROM and device. The development of the amazing Xposed framework has made that much easier for users, letting them add new features to their stock device by simply using modules built for the purpose that add the desired functionality at runtime, to any device with Xposed framework installed. Xposed Additions is one such module that adds features like toggling global screen rotation across the entire operating system, tweaking how it wakes when plugged/unplugged, choosing a key long-press delay, and re-assigning different actions to the hardware keys. Read More

Flipboard Comes To Windows 8.1 & RT; We Go Hands-On [Review]

When we talk about news readers and magazine apps for different mobile platforms out there, Flipboard has got to be among the first names that comes to mind. The popular virtual magazine has gained a lot of praise across both iOS and Android from users and critics alike, for offering an immersively pleasant experience of reading popular as well as self-curated news stories from around the world and social media in its beautiful interface. With the rather moderate yet steady rise in the popularity of Windows 8.1 and RT platforms, and with more and more tablets as well as other touch-screen computers sporting the OS hitting the market, it was only a matter of time before the developers behind Flipboard would notice the natural demand for their app on these devices, and the release of Flipboard for Windows 8.1 on Windows Store is testimony to that. The app brings its same highly visual reading experience to computers and tablets sporting Windows 8.1 or RT, complete with all its gestures, flipping animations as well as magazine discovery and curation tools that it has come to be known for. Join us, as we take an in-depth look at the app and all its features. Read More

Install Android 4.4 KitKat Factory Image On Nexus 4, 7 & 10

Google promised it, and Google delivered it – after starting to push out Android 4.4 KitKat in OTA form to Nexus 7 and 10, the company behind the world most popular mobile OS has made factory images of the latest version of Android available for the public for Nexus 4, 7 and 10, in addition to Nexus 5. While the OTA had started rolling out only for the Wi-Fi editions of the Nexus 7, and there was no news for it starting to roll out for the Nexus 4, these factory images are available for all Wi-Fi and 3G variants of Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), as well as for the Nexus 4. Codenamed KRT16O, these are full OS images that don’t need to be applied as updates, and contain the entire operating system in its pure AOSP glory. If you have yet to receive your OTA update and don’t want to flash it manually the OTA way, you can go ahead and install the appropriate factory image to your Nexus device, and get Android 4.4 KitKat up and running on it. In this post, we’ll be guiding you how. Read More

How To Install Android 4.4 KitKat Update On Nexus 7 & 10 Right Now

Upon unveiling the Nexus 5 as the first device running Android 4.4 KitKat to the public, Google promised to bring the update to the recent variants of Nexus devices as well as Google Play editions of Galaxy S4 and HTC One pretty soon. If you have a Nexus 7 (2012 or 2013 Wi-Fi-only edition) or Nexus 10, you’re going to be among the first lucky ones in this regard, as Google has just started rolling out the update to these tablets. If you don’t want to wait for the official OTA update to hit your device and would prefer to take things into your own hands, you can grab the update files from Google’s servers and flash them to your tablet directly, and that’s what we’ll be walking you through in this post. So, read on and get KitKat up and running on your Nexus 7 or 10 tablet right away. Read More

How To Easily Install CM ROM With The Official CyanogenMod Installer

Here at AddictiveTips, we’re all for flashing custom ROMs to our Android devices and taking them to levels of customization not usually possible on stock Android (though that’s changing fast with the awesome Xposed framework). CyanogenMod has been one of our favorite custom ROMs for quite a while, and for good reason – it has been around on the custom ROM scene since its very beginnings, and supports the most devices out there. If you have been intrigued by the idea of installing it to your device but the whole process of manually flashing a custom recovery, downloading different files, booting into the unfamiliar recovery interface and using it to install the ROM has been keeping you from it, your worries may be over. The team behind CyanogenMod now offers an easy solution for installing the ROM to an impressive list of popular devices with little hassle, in form of CyanogenMod Installer. All you have to do is install both the Android and Windows apps of the installer, launch them both and follow the easy instructions, and the downloading as well as installation will be done for you automatically behind the scenes. What’s more – it doesn’t even require root access, so you can even do it on a stock device! Read More

Unlock Nexus 5, 4, 10 & Galaxy Nexus Bootloader Without Wiping Data & Using Fastboot

Consider this scenario: You got yourself a Nexus device, unlocked its bootloader, flashed a custom recovery and used it to root your phone and mods for your stock ROM (or flashed a custom ROM), configured your device the way you want, enabled lockscreen security of your choice, and finally, disabled USB debugging, reflashed the stock recovery and locked the bootloader again so that in the event of your device getting stolen, the thief may not be able to get access to your data because they would need to unlock the bootloader to flash a custom recovery and install a ROM or take a backup, and unlocking the bootloader will wipe the device. That sounds all swell, up to the point where you yourself need to flash something else. This will require you to take a backup of your apps and settings using something like Titanium Backup, followed by copying everything over to your computer. What if things were easier, and you could simply unlock your bootloader from within Android without having to wipe data, and then use a custom recovery to flash whatever you want before manually relocking the bootloader? Fortunately, you can. Read More

Dual-Boot Android, Ubuntu Touch Or Firefox OS On Nexus 4 & 7 With MultiROM

The Nexus line of devices are amazing for offering users a great experience with no tie-ins with any manufacturer or carrier restrictions. In addition to the pure Android experience and official updates to the latest versions of the OS promised and pushed by Google directly during their lifecycle, Nexus devices are known for having immense customization possibilities, thanks to their easily unlockable bootloaders and extensive developer support on forums like XDA. Those developers end up achieving amazing feats on these devices due to their open nature. That’s exactly what Recognized Developer Tasssadar at XDA has accomplished with MultiROM – a multiboot method that lets you boot not just multiple Android ROMs but also Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7 (2012 & 2013 editions). After installation, you are able to choose your desired ROM upon boot. In what follows, we’ll be guiding you through the process of setting up MultiROM and using it to install another Android ROM, Ubuntu Touch or Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7. Read More

9 Lesser-Known New Features In Android 4.4 KitKat

Shortly after Google revealed the latest version of its mobile OS a few days back, we wrote about some of the new features & improvements introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s been over a week since the release now, and many of us have had a chance to play around with the OS. With that, we have come across a few features that weren’t highlighted by Google, but can nevertheless prove to be quite useful to many users. Not all users are going to find a use for each one of these features, and not all of them are entirely new major additions to the OS; in fact a few of them are more along the lines of refinements to existing features, or handy components of newly added KitKat features that haven’t been specifically highlighted by Google or the press so far. So, let’s take a look at a few of the lesser-known features brought to Android in the 4.4 KitKat update. Read More

Access Android Notifications From Locksreen With Notification Mod For Xposed Framework

Texts we receive, emails by the boss, replies to our tweets, likes on our Facebook posts – these are just a few of the countless notifications we constantly deal with on our smartphones. If the device’s screen is locked, Android doesn’t let you pull down the notification shade to view your notifications, for security reasons, requiring you to unlock the device in order to view or dismiss them. If you don’t really care about your notifications being accessible from the lock screen and want to skip the hassle of having to unlock your screen each time you get a notification that you needn’t exactly respond to, there’s now an easy solution for that in form of Notification Mod for the excellent Xposed framework. The only caveat is that your device needs to be rooted in order to use any Xposed framework mod. Read on for details. Read More

KakaoStory For Android & iOS Gets Instagram & Vine-Like Short Video Sharing

Twitter’s Vine initially popularized the concept of recording and sharing small video clips with others from a smartphone, and later on, Instagram also added video recording & sharing to its own app. Now, we have another entrant in the market. Kakao Corp. – the developer behind the rather famous KakaoTalk messenger, as well as the private group photo sharing and chat app, KakaoGroup – recently updated both Android and iOS variants of their social photo sharing app KakaoStory, adding the ability to record and share 15-second video clips on its own social network. While not as popular as the former two, all of Kakao’s apps enjoy quite a loyal following among their userbase. So, how does Kakao’s offering differ from Vine and Instagram, and what features does it bring to the table? Let’s find out. Read More

Install Unofficial AOSP-Based Android 4.4 KitKat On Nexus 4 & 7

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat have been the talk of the town ever since their release a few days back. Though the previous line of Nexus devices – the Nexus 4, 7 (both 2012 and 2013 editions) and 10 – will not be left in the dust when it comes to the KitKat update, and will in fact be the first devices to receive it, first in form of OTA updates and then as factory images provided officially by Google. Though if you own a Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 and can’t wait till the Android 4.4 OTA hits yours, you can get a taste of KitKat on it right away, thanks to the efforts of the awesome Paranoid Android team at XDA. These early AOSP-based, source-built ROMs provide a pure vanilla experience that’s a staple for all Nexus devices, and don’t include any of the modifications found in Paranoid Android ROMs. For more information, download links and installation instructions, read on after the jump. Read More

Install AOSP-Based Android 4.4 KitKat ROM On Galaxy Nexus

When Google unveiled Android 4.4 to the public just a few days back, they announced that various current Nexus products (Nexus 4, both editions of Nexus 7, and Nexus 10) would soon be getting KitKat pretty soon, but rather disappointingly, Galaxy Nexus would never see the latest version of Android. In official form, that is. There were two reasons behind this decision: a) Texas Instruments – the chipmaker behind the SoC that the device uses – has quit the mobile SoC market, and will not be supporting the device in form of the proprietary binaries required to get a fully functional build, and b) the device is no longer in the 18-month update window that Google promised, and is therefore not eligible for any future updates. Though that doesn’t mean the community can’t do anything about it; thanks to the developers at XDA, we now have a couple of Andorid 4.4 KitKat ROMs available for the device. Read More

How To Root Nexus 5 On Android 4.4 KitKat With CF-Auto-Root

One of the best things about Google’s Nexus devices is their developer and modder-friendly nature. Built to deliver the pure Android experience, they don’t come packaged with any restrictions by carriers or device manufacturers that plague most other devices out there. As a result, Nexus devices are known to be easily rootable to the extent that a non-developer like me was able to be the first one to successfully root the Nexus 4 when it came out last year, without even having access to the device. It has been just over a day since Google revealed the new Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat, and just as one would expect, the device has been successfully rooted, this time by the ever-awesome Chainfire at XDA. Let’s find out how, right after the jump. Read More

Download & Install Android 4.4 KitKat Apps On Any Jelly Bean Device

So, you haven’t been able to sleep properly since yesterday after hearing about the launch of the Nexus 5, along with Android 4.4 KitKat, and can’t wait to get your hands on Google’s latest OS and device? Well, how about getting the goodies of KitKat and Nexus 5 on your existing device, while you wait for yours to get shipped (or spend your time envying those who have managed to order one)? Thanks to several community sources out there who managed to get their hands on the Nexus 5 system dump, we now have the APK files for all KitKat apps that shipped with the Neuxs 5, and what’s great is that many of them run just fine on any Android 4.1, 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean device. In what follows, we’ll be taking a look at many of these apps, complete with the download links for their APK files, and installation instructions. Read More

Copy All Or Select Links On A Webpage From Firefox Context Menu

Ever came across the need to copy all the links present on any particular web page, be it as a part of some research, or to get direct access to some content embedded in the page in a manner that doesn’t let you get to its link via the normal context menu method? How about wanting to copy just the download links from the page? If you use Mozilla Firefox, there’s a handy add-on by the name of Copy All Links that can get the job done in the simplest manner possible. As the name suggests, the add-on can copy all the links present on a web page to your clipboard. In addition to copying all links arbitrarily, you can also choose to copy only the download links, or make a selection on the page and then copy all or just download links from the selection only. More info after the jump. Read More

Download Instagram & Vine Content On Rooted Android Via Xposed Modules

If you’ve been an Instagram or Vine user for a while, you must know that frustrating moment when while browsing your feed on the respective service’s mobile app, you came across a video or picture that you wanted to save, but couldn’t do so because of the lack of any such option. We have already covered methods for saving Instagram videos on PC and downloading Vine videos on iPhone, but if you primarily use Android for all your Vine and Instagram browsing and want to be able to download your favorite images and videos right to your device for later viewing or manual sharing, you’re in luck, as long as you have a rooted device. XDA Senior Member MohammadAG has released two Xposed framework titled Vine Downloader and Instagram Downloader that let you easily download content from both these popular video and image sharing networks with ease. Read More

Install Leaked Official Android 4.3 ROM On Samsung Galaxy Note II

With the next version of Android already on the horizon, the latest Samsung devices have been getting Android 4.3 updates pushed out to them lately. Though the previous (yet recent) iterations of these devices aren’t going to be left behind either. That said, as the history of Samsung’s updates go, newer devices get such updates before they are pushed out to older ones, and the same is true for Samsung Galaxy Note II. If you can’t wait for Samsung to officially start pushing the update to your Note II via OTA, we’ve got good news for you. The latest official (TouchWiz) firmware for the the International variant of the device (GT-N7100) based on Android 4.3 ROM and codenamed XXUEMJ5 has been leaked by SamMobile, and you can install it right away. Read More

Ubuntu Touch 13.10 Saucy Salamander: In-Depth Review & Screenshot Tour

Over the past few years, Android and iOS have pretty much dominated the smartphone arena to the extent that even big names such as Palm (later HP), Microsoft and BlackBerry that were pioneers of the industry have either been driven out, or are having a hard time surviving against these two behemoths. So, in such a scenario, it has become immensely difficult for a new entrant to make much of an impact. However, that hasn’t kept Canonical from venturing into the smartphone market by developing a variant of its popular Ubuntu Linux distribution geared towards phones and tablets. Dubbed Ubuntu Touch, the OS received critical acclaim for its intuitive UI when its preview was released earlier, which we took on a test run in our detailed review of Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview. With the release of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander for desktop this month, Canonical also made available the first release of Ubuntu Touch. While still not shipping preinstalled on any smartphone and not being 100% ready for everyday use, the build is stable enough to be usable, and is available for the four latest Nexus devices. In what follows, we’ll take a look at the OS in detail, along with screenshots of each one of its features. Read More